Essentially, the trip will be a drive home through the Middle East and then mainland Europe. This will be covered in more detail as the blog records more and more updates.
One of the hurdles presented is the Syria Situation. Previously, the easiest route from Saudi was through Syria and into Turkey. As you all know, the country has been literally torn apart by its civil war , resulting in no access from Saudi by road. Not that anyone would actually want to enter Syria at this moment in time, due to the large scale warfare witnessed by the world.
There were several alternative routes, covered in the section below
Route 1: Saudi to Jordan, and then the land border at Eilat to cross over into Israel. Onwards to the port of Haifa and a ferry crossing to Athens
Athens through Greece > Albania > Montenegro > Croatia > Slovenia > Italy > Switzerland>Austria > Germany >Czech Republic>Germany (again) > Netherlands> Belgium > Luxembourg > France and then a ferry to the UK from ( probably ) Dunkirk arriving at Dover.
Route 2 Possibility: Drive from Saudi to Emirates. Ferry from Sharjah to Bandar Abbas in Iran. Drive through Iran to northern border with Turkey, and through Turkey into mainland Europe.
There are a couple of alternatives of getting to Iran.
1- Drive to Kuwait, into Iraq and then into Iran. This would mean passing through / nearby Basra. As far as I’m concerned, Basra has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, so I’ll be giving this a wide berth.
2- There *may* be a possibility of a ferry from Kuwait directly into Iran. I haven’t explored this in detail.
However, the whole Iran thing has a bit of an arse pain attached. We’d need a visa in advance ( do-able) but we would also need to be accompanied by a tour guide at all times. This means paying a daily rate, as well as all meals and accommodation, which is something neither of us wanted.
Route 3 Possibility. From Saudi, into Jordan and a ferry from Aqaba into Egypt. Drive from Newibah northwards to Port Saeed. There is no direct ferry to Europe from here, so would have to be a ferry to Tripoli ( Lebanon ) and then another ferry to Mercin in Turkey.
Looks like Route 1 is the favourite here.
Once we hit mainland Europe, I’m expecting there to be a few deviations from the route, as this is planned very much a an extended holiday, and we may decide en route to visit different places.
The provisional date for leaving Riyadh is approximately May 2020. This has been postponed a couple of times already due to work circumstances, but this time, we are fairly confident that work will indeed come to an end, and we will be on our way .
My name is Labeeb , and together with my wife Dawn, we will be embarking upon this adventure, to drive from Saudi Arabia back to the United Kingdom.